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MS may take on iTV at CES in January

updated 11:15 am EST, Fri December 29, 2006

Microsoft at CES

Microsoft is planning to use its aggressive showing at January's CES trade show in Las Vegas to introduce a home server that would function as a media hub for a home network. Sources speaking to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley allege that the Windows Home Server is expected to serve as a combination of a network-friendly PC with a customized version of Windows Vista that would ease the process of sharing media with computers, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and similar devices that can tap into the Redmond-based company's Media Center software. The hardware may also include media extenders or a special network router, according to Electronista. The source leaked no specifications, the announcement -- if valid -- is likely timed to compete directly with a formal announcement of Apple's iTV or other media-related products that could be released at the MacWorld Expo due to begin alongside CES.




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  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    They're going to call it

    ...mTV!

    Oh, wait...

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HAHAHAHAHAH

    The OTHER innovative thing from MicroSHIT. Maybe the next ZOOOOOOOON

    LOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!

    Microgarbage: morons of society.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    FUD, FUD, glorious FUD!

    M$ policy of FUD may well have a modicum of success in the corporate world, but how well it will work in the post iPod & TV/DVD/HiFi dominated home arena is another matter entirely.

  1. Ulfhednar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS . . . take on iTV??

    BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    Hey, they can call it MSN Video and 12 months from now, when they ditch the Zune, they can make all the downloaded files completely incompatible with the Zune successor! History repeating itself!

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is news?

    Add wireless and a couple of connectors to their Media Center and they are there. Big deal. Apple's will be good for iTunes integration and the MS will be good for Win Media and DVR. Pick your poison, neither is truly great.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: this is news

    Isn't it more like:

    "MS may release new product at some point that may compete with some new product Apple may release at some point. Stay tuned as more details come in!"

    Next thing you know someone's going to be reporting that Apple might be working on some type of cell phone that may compete in the mobile phone market, or perhaps the smart phone market, or the over-featured phone market, or might provide their own phone service, or work with any phone service, or sign a deal to work with a specific provider.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: spelling

    Or people could just spend three seconds to proof read their writings rather than rely on some computer to purport that something is written correctly or not.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    settles nothing

    This doesn't settle anything. Its like a Ken Lay returning the money he took to Enron. They still have to deal with the consequences of their actions, whatever that might be (could be a slap on the wrist, a verbal tongue-lashing, jail-time, break-up the company, sell off all assets and give it to the investors, etc, etc, etc).

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cost

    I think MS is missing a big point. They're planning a whole computer which will serve as a media hub. And how is it going to get its content to the TVs? They are still going to need either a lot of wire or some type of wireless link. I know that the Xbox 360 already has this functionality built in (which may be able to be used for one TV) but if you have other TVs, any sane person wouldn't buy an Xbox for each TV. Apple's plan makes a lot more sense. It sounds like something Uncle Fester (Ballmer) pulled out of his a** at the last minute to grab some headlines. It's vaporware at this point. At least Apple as presented a prototype, feature list and a plan.

  1. macs4all

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh Boy, Oh Boy! DRM Fest!

    Anyone who reads MacroSuck(tm)'s DRM strategy for Visturd(tm) will definitely NOT want ANYTHING to do with this thing.

    Check it out in MacroSuck(tm)'s own words at:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/6/5D6EAF2B-7DDF-476B-93DC-7CF0072878E6/output_protect.doc

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